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One Man's Quest for Standardized Electronic Health Records

Claire Fordham | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Claire Fordham

The Kanters' recipe for a long, healthy life is moderation in all things, a good diet and regular exercise. And standardized electronic health records could go a long way toward longer lives for everyone.

#ENDFGM: A Tipping Point for Female Genital Mutilation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The World Health Organization defines FGM as any of a range of procedures (four major types) that "intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

What if Entrepreneurship Isn't the (Only) Answer?

Mark Newberg | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

There are already 4.8 million job openings in the American labor market, and we know that entrepreneurship isn't the answer for everyone. To meet this growing demand for impact jobs while helping build the next generation of impact leaders, we'll need to focus on intrapreneurship.

Measure Impact More Than Money

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Before you know it, 2015 will be upon us. I like to set a personal "theme" for each new year; it's a practice that I find helps keep me grounded in my intention throughout the year. I pick a word, sometimes two, to represent what I most want to accomplish in the coming year.

Share a Meal: Fighting Childhood Hunger

Josh Duhamel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Josh Duhamel

While at the food bank, I talked with other volunteers as well as those there to collect food -- an experience that opened my eyes to the faces of hunger in our country. The people in line who needed food were often indistinguishable from the volunteers.

A Reason to 'Sing for Hope'

Camille Zamora | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Camille Zamora

There are no better words to describe the volunteers and residents of Bering Omega Community AIDS Services, whom we honor each year with our song. The loss of my friend Frank connected me to this community, and this community connected me to something essential in this art of ours.

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations eve...

One Community at a Time

Julie Barnes | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the amazing human beings that I cross paths with on a weekly basis, from the women I work with who are overcoming their fears to follow their dreams, to the people who are out quietly creating change and making an impact in their communities.

The Ebola Outbreak: Good Medicine Against Public Panic

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As a former senior health administrator in Texas, and now as the leader of a major international medical NGO, I know from experience that in the United States and other developed nations, we have the tools, experience and procedures that can halt any Ebola outbreak in its tracks.

Curiosity: Your Super Power for Connection and Impact

Anese Cavanaugh | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Anese Cavanaugh

"What's important about that to you?" He asked me over a meal of steak, asparagus, and a bottle of Pellegrino. I told him.

Evolving the Paradigm of Social Change with Markets and Civil Society

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Chloe Sharfin

September is one of the most inspiring times to be in New York. Despite the end of summer and the slow return to the daily grind of the city that neve...

Pin 'Em Up: Glamour for Veterans

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Cat del Valle Castellanos

Pin-Ups for Vets is not a typical non-profit. The pin-up calendar, now in its ninth year, featuring twelve US Veterans, is a unique community-building tool. The calendar raises funds to improve Veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospital for medical equipment, improves quality of life for ill Veterans across the US through personal visits, and supports other initiatives, all thanks to pin-ups in decadent 1940s-style outfits.

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

A First-Hand Look at Juvenile Justice Reform

Eric Kessler | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Eric Kessler

What makes juvenile justice reform so compelling is that it touches on education, public safety, and economic and racial equality, and my colleagues and I have witnessed its promising effects on both individual youth and the social sector at large.

The United States: A Country Fighting for 'The Last' of Our Freedoms!

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Laura Wellington

No doubt, it is our natural instincts as parents to protect our kids from any harm. To watch them suffer is harder on us -- many times -- than on them.

I Am Vulnerable Because I'm Disabled, Not Because I'm a Woman

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

Violence is violence, no matter how much we categorize, justify or classify it. When one's level of vulnerability plays a role in violence, however, it doesn't matter who you are, or whether you can stand or sit.

3 Roads to Joy: 5 Questions to Start the Journey Now

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

If you believe the idea of life being joy-centered is a falsehood, you have bought the snake oil of disillusionment, and you are probably still taking a tablespoonful of its bitterness every morning. My recommendation is to skip a day, open up to the possibility of joy, and see how you feel.

An Urgent Warning About 'Impact'

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

My experience working with people in communities, with foundation leaders, with various national initiatives and with a variety of others is that the deifying of this word has produced a cascading effect of collective responses that endanger our mission.

Miss America's Are Complex Human Beings: Like Most of Us!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

Despite wearing a tiara and traveling across the nation for a year promoting their causes, they have emotions like the rest of us. Some are liberal, others are conservative, middle of the road, deeply political, apolitical etc... She should not be expected to harbor a particular ideology or to solely represent just one segment of the population.

What the Pink Ribbon Can Learn From the Ice Bucket

Mark Malinowski | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

After an incredible summer of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges, I think it's important to review this zeitgeist moment in order to learn. On the dawn of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I think it's also interesting to compare and contrast the grassroots ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with years of "Pink" efforts to support Breast Cancer.

Tea Time With Our Gorilla Neighbors

Beatrice Kabihogo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Beatrice Kabihogo

If you stood in the middle of one of our tea plantations at dusk, you would hear the forest come alive. Bird calls, insects buzzing and behind it all, a gentle whomp-whomp of something powerful moving through the brush. That would be our gorilla neighbors enjoying their tea time.

Gen X'ers Are Greatly Concenred About Future Financial Prospects

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

The generation of divorced parents, (many, not all of us), latch key kids, victims of fluctuations in the nations' economy, sporadic international crisis, deadly sexually transmitted diseases and other significant milestones will turn 50 years old next year!

How I Honor My Heartbeat

Archi Pyati | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Archi Pyati

Many of us feel that in the face of dominant culture we must protect our image, maintain solidarity, and avoid publicly questioning our own people. But that has led to the silencing of too many voices, afraid to be shunned for talking openly about their communities and experiences.

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.

Fethullah Gulen's Message Condemning ISIS Appears in 5 U.S. Dailies Today

Emre Celik | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media
Emre Celik

Fethullah Gulen, a world renowned scholar, preacher and social advocate published his message of condemnation in today's New York Times, Washington Po...